For almost 100 years, The Branson Tri-Lakes News is a combination of the Branson Daily News, the Branson Beacon, White River Leader, the Southwest Missourian and the Taney County Republican.
The Branson Tri-Lakes News is the local newspaper covering Branson, Taney County and Stone County in Missouri, and traces its roots to the oldest publications in Taney County. One of these newspapers, The Taney County Republican, began publishing in 1895.
In 1992, the Taney County Republican merged with the Branson Beacon and White River Leader and Southwest Missourian to form the Branson Tri-Lakes Daily News, later shortened to the Branson Daily News. It retained that name until it stopped being a daily newspaper in 2009.
Since 2009, it has been printed twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday, but previously was published five times a week.
The newspaper features original story content and photos centered around local happenings in news, sports, entertainment, politics and business. Editions also regularly include opinion, faith and outdoors sections.
Other publications produced by Branson Tri-Lakes News are:
Branson Tri-Lakes News, Tri-Lakes Shopper, Ozark Mountain Visitor, Ozarks Outdoors, and Discover — The Ozarks Real Estate Guide.
In November 2018, Missouri voters approved Amendment 2, which legalizes a supply and distribution chain for medical marijuana. Patients and caregivers can now apply for identification cards. Five dispensaries have so far applied to operate in Taney County (Two in Branson). Cities cannot prevent dispensaries from opening, but they are allowed to establish some local regulations. Medical marijuana will likely be available for purchase, by qualifying patients, in early 2020. How do you feel about medical marijuana becoming available in the Tri-Lakes Area?
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